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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,395
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,127
Gots: 756 | FT: 58
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe this was batch 003.

Pretty much perfect. Sanctification could have been be an unblended lambic from one of the Belgian grandmasters. It was so wonderful that I drank four or five glasses and bought half a case on the spot. It’s simply that good. Appearance wise we are talking about a very pale, almost white golden ale body with a healthy white lacing. The aroma is powerful, previewing sourness, and boasting of perfectly created and utilized yeast strains and lots of funky, living organisms. Barnyard funk, rotten lemon peals, and apple vinegar are huge. The nose also plays at tobacco and citrus. The first taste is pure heaven. It’s tart in a lemony way, sour in a bret/funky yeast sort of way, slightly bitter in a hoppy way, light and spritsy. Sweet, very ripened grapefruit that has been eaten away at just a touch by bacteria, hay, damp corn husks, rotten melons, wood roundedness, dashes of lemon and orange zest, etc… Bone dry and fairly light body. Musty and astringent. Sourness is not over the top and although this doesn’t enter the battery acid or sweaty donkey hair area, this is at times very geuze like. Sessionable indeed. Pretty much perfect.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jdense
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 corked and caged bottle shared with beer homeboy, poured into wine tumblers 9.19.11.

One finger white head relative quick dissipation on top of clear golden body, multiple streams of carbonation, need to be careful to keep yeast in bottle or body gets murky. Lemony esters, a bit of light barnyard funk, hay, in the nose, grassy and floral hops. Taste replicates nose, light sourness balanced by tartness. Mouthfeel is just on the light side of medium, good effervescence. IMHO this is a great entry sour/American Wild, quite tasty (the base blonde helps) not overbearing and very drinkable. Well made.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: honey-blonde... big off-white head, no last or lace, though it keeps a pad of misty foam and collar.... looked like it was pouring clean and clear out of the bottle yet it's heavily cloudy and a few specks did end up sneaking in

S: beauteous, lambic-like aroma (dare I say similar to something like Cantillon?)... little-to-no booze, but some nice mild pale malt comes out... not discernibly fruity (estery), perhaps champagne-like... later though I could say I'm getting almost banana pudding and grapefruit skin elements

T: initially, it seems like a sour peach/pear sparkling wine.... a lemon-citrus pith bitter-/tartness lingers long on the tongue.... not terribly tart, but a bit salty?!.... no depth, but that's part of its design.... some band-aid phenolics?.... little-to-no malt flavor

M: pretty dang light and dry, aside from a brief flash of body up front.... really, dry as hell.... bitter/tart buzz up front.... tiny bit of a mucky/slimy coating left in the mouth

O: pretty interesting.... can't remember ever having a domestic 100% Brett beer before.... one of if not the driest beer I've ever had.... when it warms, it's pretty damn drinkable

13 Dec 2014 snifter tasting notes: sweat, earthy citrus peel, hop- and flower stem-like bitterness, granola malt tones... jade/goldenrod color... 'seashell' overtones?... aromas of ornamental flowers (potpourri?) and drying, overripe orange skin... grapefruit in the finish, but not really fruity or acidic...

Photo of draheim
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle (batch 005) poured into a snifter. Clear, pale golden color with zero head but vigorous carbonation that sustains a thin white layer of foam on the surface.

Aroma is sharp, tart, and funky. Brett is unmistakable. Green apples and Sweet Tarts.

Taste is very tart - reminds me a lot of Smarties. Love it. White wine and oak. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Another outstanding brew from Russian River.

What I love about sours is that if you drink them only occasionally, you can use them to reset your palate. Suddenly my taste buds have been jarred from the typical diet of IPAs and stouts - and invariably after having one of these I enjoy all beers a little bit more.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

and thanks a ton for sharing some philippe... our inaugural brew for the evening.

all i really knew about this one is that it was fermented only with brett. a blonde. not a hot blonde but a pretty good looking one for a sour. about 2 fingers on a golden clear. nose was lemon grass and zest a hint of citronella. the palate had more of this citronella quality with a interesting creaminess that gave it the quality of lemon pulp. a bit dry, but more acidic... very subtle grain. reminders of kombucha i've brewed.

i could say this was a learning experience. sours are well rated on BA. it seems they fulfill the other side of the heavy handed craft spectrum. its sledge hammer hoppy... or its sour. either way its bombastic. like american merlots. some are rich in flavor and some have holes but that magnitude of the process is undeniable. and i drink this feeling that that is what's most important. its sour... its not a lambic. period.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004. Pours an almost clear, very bubbly golden color with a nice frothy white head (clear become cloudy when I get lower in the bottle). Scent immediately once corked was lemons. When putting my nose to the glass I get light funk and some belgian yeasts. Then I get a bit of spice along with some grassy lemon scents. As the beer warms a bit, I get more funky/sour notes. The taste is VERY lemony with a definite Belgian yeast backbone. The brett is very noticeable in the taste. I get some very sour/tart flavors that are mouth-puckeringly tasty. The aftertaste leaves a bit of a pear with a hint of oak and leather taste. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Not too full, and not to light either. The drinkability is fairly high, especially on these warm summer nights.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005

A: A hazy yellow pear color, the head is a nice white color. Looks good!

S: Strong acidic aroma, vinegar is pretty strong in there as well. There is almost a light citrus thing going on that is nice.

T: A tart punch hits right away, after the sour fades, there is a slight touch of some funkiness, the finish has a very nice floral note with hints of lemon. Very nice.

M: Light on the tongue, tons of carbonation which is mostly comprised of small bubbles.

O: Overall quite lovely, not so burn you tongue sour that you can't taste the base beer. There is something so simple, so brilliant about this. It is a quite complex beer, but seems to be so without really trying.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw. Head is bright-white. Thin cap at edges. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Brett funk. Hay and horse blanket. Citric, lemon flesh. Some zest and fruity sweetness. Some tropical aromas in the back, but it's a nice brett profile. Lots of depth. Slight funk layered over a solid tart note. Nice depth.

Taste: Mildly tart with a solid brett profile (duh). Funky with a nice compliment of grass, hay, and a touch of musty basement. Oak adds a nice woodiness that helps mute some of the citric tartness and some of the funkier brett flavors. A nice balance between tart, sour, and earthy funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp slightly dry, and bubbly. Carbonation is lively and keep things interesting. Dryness on the sip keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: Russian River gets this whole sour/wild ale thing. Lots of depth without any overbearing flavor profiles. Easy to drink and sip at the same time.

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,395 ratings.